Converting Ram into VRam(GFX RAM)

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Dukey, Feb 20, 2013.

  1. Dukey macrumors member

    Sep 25, 2011
    Hi there,

    I was wondering if it was at all possible to converting some of my Physical RAM to my Virtual RAM.

    I own a Late 2011 MBP

    Processor 2.2 GHz Intel Core i7

    Memory 16 GB 1333 MHz DDR3

    Graphics Intel HD Graphics 3000/ AMD Radeon HD 6750M 512 MB(for both)

    Software OS X 10.8.2 (12C60)

  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    I'm pretty sure you don't mean virtual ram, rather video RAM. And the answer is no.
  3. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    No it is not possible.

    And I can bet a few hundred bucks that you are not limited by the VRAM of your graphics cards.

    The 6750M is quite weak by todays standards, and will struggle to play many recent games at high detail settings, but not for lack of VRAM. It's simply not powerful enough, period.
  4. Ledgem macrumors 65816


    Jan 18, 2008
    Hawaii, USA
    The RAM is only shared with the graphics when using the integrated graphics solution (for the 2011 systems, the Intel HD 3000). The discrete graphics chip has its own on-board RAM. However, you may be interested to know that OS X does automatically adjust the shared memory with the integrated solution. My late 2011 MBP originally shared 386 MB of RAM with the integrated graphics when I had 4 GB of RAM; upgrading to 16 GB brought me up to 512 MB shared, which is what you have as well.
  5. Dukey thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 25, 2011
    Thanks for the replies. Yea I meant video RAM. This whole thing started with my usage of Premiere Pro. It kept Freezing and crashing and After days and days of research it was simply my VRAM as Premiere Pro requires a minium of 1gb of RAM which sucks and I don't even want to think about working with After Effects. I was thinking of buying a new MBP but before that I wanted to see if it was at all possible to go about a different way...
  6. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    Got a source for what you're saying? I very strongly doubt your VRAM has anything to do with your Premiere Pro crashes.


    No mention of VRAM is made anywhere here:
  7. Asuriyan macrumors 6502a

    Feb 4, 2013
    Under "Supported AMD Cards for GPU Acceleration":

    AMD Radeon HD 6750M (only on certain MacBook Pro computers running OS X Lion (10.7.x) with a minimum of 1GB VRAM)

    However, I would assume you could disable GPU acceleration and be fine.
  8. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
    I think it wouldn't even enable the GPU acceleration if the VRAM demands are not met. At any rate I seriously doubt that OPs problems are because of the GPU.

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